David Lee strained his hamstring in the Warriors' preseason finale on Oct. 24.
He missed the first three regular season games, returned against the Clippers on Nov. 5 and aggravated the injury after seven minutes of action.
The 2010 and 2013 All-Star was sidelined for the next 21 games.
He returned on Dec. 22 and over the next 31 games he averaged 8.8 points and 6.0 rebounds in 19.7 minutes per night.
But over the Warriors' next seven games from March 1 to March 11, he averaged just 3.3 points and 4.3 rebounds in 11.2 minutes per night, and didn't see the floor in three of those contests.
Following Golden State's win in Phoenix on March 9, Steve Kerr discussed Lee's situation.
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"David's a great player," Kerr said. "He's been an All-Star. He's still in his prime. What's been tricky is that we’ve developed a formula while he was out that has been very effective for us. And you compound that with the fact that the whole league is going small at the 4-position and every night you're playing a 3-point shooter at the 4 spot.
"We've adapted to that. We've adapted to our early-season lineups. Draymond has obviously grabbed that position. So it's tricky."
Draymond Green has started all 67 games this season and is averaging 11.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.3 blocks per game.
He's made 100 3's through 57 games (he made 14 as a rookie and 55 last year) and is a leading candidate for Defensive Player of the Year.
More importantly, the Warriors are 54-13 and sport the best record in the NBA.
"We're winning and we're having fun," Lee said on March 9. "It's hard at times. I couldn't do this if we weren't winning. But we are. I'm not going to put myself ahead of that."
Lee did play over 31 minutes at Denver last Friday (Kerr rested Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala and Andrew Bogut) and 24 minutes in the Warriors' rout of the Knicks last Saturday, but only saw 12 minutes of action in what was a close game against the Lakers on Monday night.
He didn't play at all in the 114-95 win over the Hawks Wednesday night.
Prior to the showdown vs. Atlanta, Warriors majority owner Joe Lacob joined Jim Kozimor on Yahoo SportsTalk Live and was asked about Lee's playing time.
"It's Steve's job. And I told him this, there are no favorites," Lacob explained. "People think there are favorites but there are no favorites. We give you a roster, your job is to win. And he's gotta do what he's gotta do.
"David is a tremendous professional and he has certainly reacted very well to all this. It's a very tough situation for a guy who has been an All-Star. He's always been a starter, but look, we gotta do what we gotta do. The style of play has changed and this is how it's going."